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Everything posted by proflight2000

  1. I'd agree, unless you have a mega money mount as such the setting circles are basically a nice gimmick, although do find time to understand the principles of them as they are facinating. As for the polar align, it really depends on how far you need to go, are you intending major astrophotography work, or is it just the ideal of setting up the polar scope. Do make sure you have the N (North leg) of the mount pointing north as well. If it is just a case of aligning generally with the north star then loosen the bolts as such that raise and lower the mount and turn her side to side, center the pol
  2. I have recently bagged myself a Sony A6000L camera, beautiful thing she is too. I am just looking to see if anyone has had any imaging nights with this camera at all? I am going to get hold of a T-mount for an e-fit and give her a go at the moon etc. Would be very interested in any feedback. Thanks all and dark skys.
  3. Hi all I am using Astroplanner v2, my big issue is that I need help, I need to add information as to what my viewing ability is. At the moment I am creating plans that are in some instances placing me below ground level, so somehow I need to raise the number. I loose around 10 degrees due to trees etc, can anyone point me into the right setting box please. Thank you.
  4. I may (big may) have seen it without really knowing it. I got my CPC800 perfectly tracking one day when I knew it would be around, I jaunted backwards and forwards ensuring everything I asked for appeared in the center of the eyepiece and then told it to go to Pluto. As has been mentioned, there is a lot else as well, but I still slightly give myself the opinion I saw it, although never being 100 per cent sure I never logged it. But it's the thought that counts.
  5. Just a question please to do with a photograph someone posted on my facebook page. Would anyone have any idea what is in the night sky in this pic, I don't know if it is north or sough, but it has intrigued me. Thanks all.
  6. When I owned a light mount I decided to take (if this is possible on yours) the rubber stoppers off the tripod legs and I filled the legs with sharp sand and loads of little stones, it did quite a reasonable job, along with as has been mentioned adding a bottle of water underneath the mount, you may just get it stable enough for now.
  7. I always found it easier when they just put Two dots next to each other on a balloon and then blew it up showing how two close dots then move apart, Then I realised, when you blow up a balloon, it takes up space around it, it does not stay within a boundary, hence I can see the issue of a flat universe. But I am utterly baffled and thanks all for such an interesting read.
  8. Just reading a thread on Lasers and it had me dragging out the photo albums to a picture I took of the London O2 arena at night and in the background the Laser coming from the Royal observatory at Greenwich. Just a touch of the old with a touch of the new.
  9. They certainly are a beautiful scope, I have had Two now, the first one I sold a few years ago, went all technical with a German mount and Newt, then basically missed my CPC so I sold up what I had and went back to the CPC. The ease of set up and the ease of the scope just does it for me. I use the Starsense on mine, ok it is a bit of a pricy gimmick, but I love watching it move around the sky doing it all for me as I do other things. I also changed the focuser to a 1/10, I was never a fan of the original focuser as it seemed too chunky to me for good precise focusing. With the right eyepieces
  10. Hi all I have an issue at the moment where I need some assistance trying to work something out. Although the CPC800 is reasonable to carry outside to place on the mount, a recent stomach op is basically making this rather painful and it will not get better. I am looking at the possibility of placing a wheel on each of the tripod legs that I can lower to move the whole rig outside, then have the ability to lift the wheels once out so the mount then becomes stable. Has anyone anything they use for the same principle? or is there a mechanical engineer out there who could advise on an adaption I c
  11. No I don't blame you, twas not offensive as such, just gave me a giggle as i watch the clouds roll in again.
  12. Seeing as the weather is being a right pain at the moment I decided to just sit earlier and go through the Asteroid list. Seriously, who calls an Asteroid ( begins with an F and ends in a Y)" there is no way on earth I could keep a straight face telling anyone i'd been up all night looking for ( begins with an F and ends in a Y). I am still chuckling, and even the wife tutted.
  13. Lol, seriously, the ape bit made me chuckle. Fear not, I was out one night viewing the moon as well funny enough when I saw this huge winged creature come flying down towards me, I jumped backwards and was intrigued when there was nothing there, the eyes can play some fantastic tricks. My main one now are Bats, I get loads of the things whizzing around me, and a couple of nights ago I could hear rustling in the bushes near me, as soon as it was time to go inside I turned the main light on and around on the ground were 5 frogs. I think astronomy is attracting a new audience.
  14. Chinese lantern for sure, if you slow motion the video you can see the change in flame light, certainly not the ISS, the ISS however fast is a white constant light and at the altitude she is her speed would be seen slightly slower than what is in the video as the wind is carrying this along.
  15. I came across this article yesterday of a guy called "The street astronomer" what a great little way of bringing the heavens to individuals and earning a small crust along the way. http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2013/09/10/the-sidewalk-astronomer-a-profile/
  16. I cannot remember the last firmware download I done, after having a double hernia operation I have not been able to lift my baby outside, I now have a split hernia so having to have re surgery, so another month or more. The wife and the son have offered to take it outside, i thank them dearly, but not a chance in hell will I allow them to lift my scope, i'd never forgive them if they dropped it. ;-)
  17. Patience Patience Patience, seriously.... this is the most painful hobby in the world, we are badgered by every element you can think of, but one night you will go outside and see something that will remind you that even after all the waiting, you are doing something pretty amazing, not only are you at one with the Universe, you are a time traveler as well. You will get there and just in time for winter when every cold freezing night will throw something your way. Best wishes.
  18. The starsense is a lovely little addition, the main crux was firstly make sure you have the latest firmware and secondly, when you do the initial calibration and all is well then you are told to find a star to go to, do that and center it, then when it tells you that you need to do autoalign set up, DONT TOUCH ANYTHING AT THE SCOPE, DONT MOVE IT AND DO NOT TURN IT OFF, leave it where it is and press AUTOALIGN setup button on the handset, the scope will start an auto align from the star you chose. The starsense is now using your chosen star to look at the sky again. From there it will then send
  19. In respect of the headaches..... not trying to pry, but do you suffer from any blood pressure issues? I do and the one thing I have to be careful of is the way I use my body, constantly bending to view with the head not above the chest etc causes me to either get dizzy spells or headaches. If you are finding that you are getting these headaches when you are in certain positions then get a check done, it could be something with blood pressure. One other, do you wear glasses? could be you are over straining your eyes, that's when you will need to look at probably more user friendly eyepieces.
  20. Personally, even if I got a slight hint that the film was in some way defective i'd throw it in the bin. You can always lay the filter over the end of a bright torch as well to look for malfunctions, I have found in the past that the film itself wears down and becomes very shallow in places. What you are doing wrong.... well with all niceness, not following the very sound principles of looking at the sun through a scope, basically aim the scope at the sun by all means but before you look through the eyepiece place your hand over it to see if direct sunlight is hitting it, as a last resort, gli
  21. Hi all I intend getting either a Meade HD eyepiece or a Celestron X-Cel as a birthday present. I was after the views of anyone who may have used these eyepieces as to what hits the nail on the head so to speak. I do notice the Celestron is cheaper, but in the astronomy market more expensive does not mean better. It will be used on my CPC800 as soon as I can carry the thing out after a hernia operation. :-) I am after a 12mm in either. Thanks all
  22. Hi all I have my trusty 3 BST s and although they are good as such, I do think I am missing finer viewing. I want to get a 13 or 14mm eyepiece for my CPC800 scope and have read about Meade HD, etc etc. Can you give me some personal opinions on 13, 14mm eyepieces. Price is an issue, but i wont mention any money, i just want some feedback as it may be the difference between saving or spending more so i will keep it tight for now. Would sove something with a good wide view of things as with the BST s, I found a lot of issues around the edge and besides my eyes are getting old. Thank you
  23. Twinkle, what is the problem you are having? there are enough users of it now that can get you up and running?
  24. Thanks Ron, mmmmm, topic as in "had it already been raised" my grammer is as good as my Asteroid spotting. Just wondered if it will be visible from earth as such. :-)
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